The President’s Corner

Two weekends ago, we executed a very successful Homecoming Weekend, which brought more than 1,000 NU alumni and family members on campus for three days of reunions and celebrations. I hope many of you had the opportunity to speak to our alumni while they were here. They are extremely interested in what you are doing, and enjoy exchanging Norwich stories with you.

The main reason we hold reunions in the fall is so that alumni can experience a vibrant campus full of young people, and interact with them. It reminds them of when they were students, and also gives them a chance to see how Norwich has changed since they were on the Hill—as well as how it hasn’t changed.

Aside from your own family members, Norwich alumni are your most enthusiastic supporters. Whether you realize it or not, their gifts to the university supplement what your tuition dollars pay for, so that we can provide that all-important “margin of excellence” for the best educational experience possible.

But their support does not end when you graduate. Regardless of your chosen career path, there are alumni who have trodden that path before and are ready and willing to provide you with mentoring, internships, career opportunities, and relocation assistance. They are truly excited to be of service, and eager to share their wisdom and experience with you.

For a price, any school can provide you with a degree. But a Norwich degree is the only school that connects you to the Norwich alumni network and the people who will be your allies for life. You cannot put a price on this. And like your Norwich diploma, once you have earned it, it remains a part of you forever.

The other lifelong benefit Norwich gives you that other schools do not is an education in values. Over the years, countless alumni have said to me, “The thing that Norwich gave me is a real understanding of honor and integrity, and how to work with people and to lead them.” Norwich is not any easy place. People tend to either love it or hate it. But for those of you who love it, embrace the philosophy, embrace your academics, embrace the values, and take full advantage of the leadership opportunities and growth potential offered. Use your time wisely: seek out experiences that will result in lifelong value, not instant gratification.

Someday, in the not-too-distant future, you will be the ones marching onto Sabine Field with your classmates. It is your spouses who will be up in the stands cheering you on. And fifty-odd years from now, you will be the ones receiving your Old Guard medallions underneath the arc of swords. And you will look back on your life and your time at Norwich, and know that it was well spent.

 

Comments

  1. ” …an education in values.” and “The thing that Norwich gave me is a real understanding of honor and integrity, and how to work with people and to lead them.”

    That’s seriously the funniest joke I’ve heard about Norwich ever. That has got to be…..the funniest thing to EVER come out of P. Schneid’s mouth. Not kidding, the funniest.

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